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Post by Trevkeeper » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:09 pm

Are there are any covers of songs that make you laugh out loud? Parodies such as stuff by Weird Al excluded, of course.

The two I can think of are Boyz-N-The-Hood by Dynamite Hack and a certain Ben Folds version of a Dr. Dre song (I'm not exactly sure on the language rules in the off topic forum, so...yeah).

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Post by grapesmoker » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:23 pm

The Gourds' version of Gin n' Juice.
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Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:27 pm

Jessica Simpson's cover of "These boots are made for walking," except the original makes me laugh even more it's so bad.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:57 pm

charlieDfromNKC wrote:Jessica Simpson's cover of "These boots are made for walking," except the original makes me laugh even more it's so bad.
You should check out the Operation Ivy version.
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Post by No Sollositing On Premise » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:58 pm

The Bloodhound Gang's cover of Along Comes Mary by The Association is catchy on its own, but in the context of the rest of the album it's hilarious.

And of course, there's always Eric Cartman's cover of Come Sail Away by Styx.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sywxzJDeKV4 (BHG)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOWK7Tam01M (Cartman)
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Post by ValenciaQBowl » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:06 pm

The Ben Folds cover of "Bit**** ain't Sh**" (just in case) is a funny idea, but to me the song ends up being kind of sad and beautiful sung straight-faced as a piano ballad. The end where the narrator (?) has to "uncock his sh**" and blast his little cousin is rendered tragic!

Best "Boots Are Made for Walkin' Cover" has to be the one by Crispin Glover, recorded right about the time he almost kicked Letterman in the face.

Also fun is the Hayseed Dixie full album of bluegrass covers of AC/DC songs, which work as novelty bits and as good pickin. They've also done Dark Side of the Moon.

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Post by David Riley » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:47 pm

Let's not forget Leonard Nimoy's cover of Proud Mary from the Golden Throats album, and Joshua Rifkin's arrangements of Beatles songs in The Baroque Beatles Book.

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Post by jonah » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:08 pm

Graveworm's cover of REM's "Losing My Religion" is horrible enough to make me laugh.

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Post by pray for elves » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:11 pm

In case anyone has not yet seen it, Alanis Morissette's take on My Humps is pretty spectacular. Take that in whatever context you choose.

Otherwise, I'd say anything by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, although that may be too close to Weird Al territory.

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Post by I'm a goff (in case you couldn't tell) » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:19 pm

Rocket Man? Can I get a William Shatner anyone?

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Post by AKKOLADE » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:47 pm

You can say "Bitches Ain't Shit" in the off topic forum, as it's an actual song title. I mean, c'mon people, we admins check context and such.

To contribute: Jebediah Parker's "Hey Ya."

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Post by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:19 pm

Just wait til October 16....


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my favourite is the preview of Max Bemis of Say Anything covering Old Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money" .... it's gonna be some awesome stuff when released

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Post by Irreligion in Bangladesh » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:34 pm

leftsaidfred wrote:You can say "Bitches Ain't Shit" in the off topic forum, as it's an actual song title. I mean, c'mon people, we admins check context and such.

To contribute: Jebediah Parker's "Hey Ya."
Hey, Fred:

It's Obadiah, not Jebediah, though the singer looks a lot like Jebediah Springfield.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's version of Stairway to Heaven makes me smile, because it might actually mean Stairway to Heaven will make it into Guitar Hero III.

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Post by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:07 am

haha .... i could see them doing that

i also like the "one" cover

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Post by Trevkeeper » Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:15 am

leftsaidfred wrote:You can say "Bitches Ain't Shit" in the off topic forum, as it's an actual song title. I mean, c'mon people, we admins check context and such.

To contribute: Jebediah [sic] Parker's "Hey Ya."
I forgot about the Obadiah Parker version of "Hey Ya," that is a pretty decent song. I was amazed that that cover actually found its way onto Jeopardy.

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Post by AKKOLADE » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:33 am

styxman wrote:Hey, Fred:

It's Obadiah, not Jebediah, though the singer looks a lot like Jebediah Springfield.
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The Internet has failed me like never before, then. Apologies for the screw up.

Also, I want to bring up Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal", Ben Folds Five's live cover of "Champagne Supernova", Cake's "I Will Survive" and the acts Vanilla Fudge and Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine.

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Post by rchschem » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:04 am

leftsaidfred wrote:Also, I want to bring up Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal"
Amen. Add to that The Ataris' "Boys of Summer" and Disturbed's "Land of Confusion". What the hell is it with the '80s and punk covers?

I would love to see a modern version of "We Are the World", while we're throwing out laughable cover projects.

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Post by pray for elves » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:25 am

DeisEvan last night wrote:anything by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine
leftsaidfred this morning wrote:Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine

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Post by Deviant Insider » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:08 am

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Post by Coelacanth » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:07 am

Really surprised to see a couple of mentions of "These boots are made for walkin'" without anyone bringing up the version by The Fixx, which is actually quite good.

I echo the Richard Cheese comments. Tough to name a favorite, but "Me So Horny" has to be up there.

Others: Don Ho's cover of "Shock the Monkey" is legendary, and I'm partial to "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by Lesley Gore.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:14 am

rchschem wrote:
leftsaidfred wrote:Also, I want to bring up Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal"
Amen. Add to that The Ataris' "Boys of Summer" and Disturbed's "Land of Confusion". What the hell is it with the '80s and punk covers?
I guess you haven't seen "Punk" Goes '80s (notice the elitist quotation marks) or pretty much the entire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Catalogue.
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Post by dtaylor4 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:18 am

rchschem wrote:Amen. Add to that The Ataris' "Boys of Summer" and Disturbed's "Land of Confusion". What the hell is it with the '80s and punk covers?
If you're going to include Disturbed, you should include "Shout 2000", their cover of a Tears for Fears song that frankly isn't good.

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Post by rchschem » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:45 am

Steroid McBlooddoper wrote: I guess you haven't seen "Punk" Goes '80s (notice the elitist quotation marks) or pretty much the entire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Catalogue.
My cave is too deep for such to penetrate.

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Post by First Chairman » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:24 am

Bill Buckner wrote:Rocket Man? Can I get a William Shatner anyone?
That's Mr. Tambourine Man.
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Post by DrakeRQB » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:43 am

Nickel Creek does a great live cover of Britney's "Toxic."
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Post by theMoMA » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:07 am

E.T. Chuck wrote:
Bill Buckner wrote:Rocket Man? Can I get a William Shatner anyone?
That's Mr. Tambourine Man.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVbv6r_tKnE

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Post by cornfused » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:42 am

Coelacanth wrote: I echo the Richard Cheese comments. Tough to name a favorite, but "Me So Horny" has to be up there.
Ah, but his Baby-Got-Back-as-a-mambo is so good. I also recommend that classic easy swing chart, "She F***ing Hates Me."

Also, My Chemical Romance doing "Under Pressure" and (this is actually quite good) Miles Davis's cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time."

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Post by Trevkeeper » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:47 pm

Speaking of "Time After Time," I quite enjoy the Quietdrive version that was recently released.

I don't think the Cake version of "I Will Survive" is *that* funny, but clearly the thread is now encompassing all covers instead of just funny ones. Really, the song is more weird than funny.

Also, I've only heard the Oasis version of Champagne Supernova. I'm sort of lukewarm on Oasis, I think.

Speaking of Oasis, though, has anyone ever heard what their lead singer said about Nirvana? I practically fell out of my chair laughing after I saw it on the Wikipedia article on Grunge.

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Post by No Sollositing On Premise » Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:05 pm

One more: I don't know if it exists in mp3 form, but I heard this awesome rendition of Freebird by Blues Traveler awhile ago - that is one bitchin' harmonic solo.
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Post by STPickrell » Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:40 pm

William Shatner is good music. Alanis' cover of My Humps is akin to Tori Amos' cover of Nirvana's Teen Spirit.

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Post by Bigfoot isn't the pr » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:31 pm

StPickrell wrote:William Shatner is good music. Alanis' cover of My Humps is akin to Tori Amos' cover of Nirvana's Teen Spirit.
I prefer the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's rendition (of Smells Like Teen Spirit)
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Post by pray for elves » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:59 pm

This is slightly tangential, but there are some funny covers/funny ideas for covers in this video.

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Post by Deviant Insider » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:18 pm

I did some research and found this. I think it's assessments are off in several cases, but You Shook Me All Night Long by Celine Dion deserves mention--I don't laugh at the actual performance, just the whole idea of it.

American Pie by Madonna deserves mention because it made me cry.

I think Shatner's greatest effort was Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:31 pm

DeisEvan wrote:
DeisEvan last night wrote:anything by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine
leftsaidfred this morning wrote:Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine
Pffffft, like I have to read threads. I actually just run 100 parachute accounts.
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Post by Rothlover » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:55 pm

So, was Celine Dion listening to AC/DC one day when she was like "this song needs some cowbell?" The guitar player does nail the tone pretty well though.

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Post by Canadajin » Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:28 am

I think that Justin Timberlake's cover of "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse was pretty sub-par (and hilarious at that).

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Post by ktour84 » Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:33 am

Do any of the American Idol performances count? That's a goldmine for funny (and awful) covers.
The Best:
William Hung "She Bangs"
Guy from S3/S4 auditions "Like a Virgin" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0mSmAnSLvU

Legit covers
Fountains of Wayne "Baby One More Time"
Celine Dion "I Drove All Night"
Panic at the Disco "Karma Police"

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Post by Rothlover » Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:37 am

If anyone can find the faked Louis Armstrong cover of "Oops I did it again" that would be cool, as that was a great cover.

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Post by No Sollositing On Premise » Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:55 pm

Most of Bob Ricci's music falls into Weird Al / parody territory, but he does one amusing cover - he takes the instrumentation and melody from Bowling for Soup's 1985 and uses the lyrics from the Beach Boys' Kokomo. It's amusing.
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Post by Tegan » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:39 am

ReinsteinD wrote: I think Shatner's greatest effort was Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
At the Oscars, you get Celine Dion. At the Saturn Awards, you get this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN3MGN899yE

This practically is a cry for help or intervention. I think James Doohan slapped him a few times after this. He deserved it.
StPickrell wrote:William Shatner is good music.
Speaking of a cry for intervention .......

The answer to the original question is anything by William Shatner.

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Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:45 pm

A "rare bootleg" one of my friends gave me is an 8-minute long cover of "Like A Virgin" by Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. I think that qualifies as funny. In the 2nd half, it even manages to throw in a Reservoir Dogs quote.
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Post by naturalistic phallacy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:46 pm

Canadajin wrote:I think that Justin Timberlake's cover of "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse was pretty sub-par (and hilarious at that).
Personally, I would like to see Britney Spears cover that song, considering how it's quite appropriate.
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Post by RSido » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:26 pm

I don't think it's ever been tried, but Sean Connery singing "Oops I did it again" would be somewhat hilarious.
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